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The anti-smoking lobby says that smoking is a deadly addiction, responsible for three million deaths each year and that because nicotine is as addictive as heroin or cocaine, using tobacco is not a choice once you're addicted.
Further they pull the "children" tactic and says the nicotine industry hooks 60% of its customers before they're even 14 years old.
If tobacco was as dangerous of a killer substance they say it is, it would make sense to outlaw it as drugs are. However, tobacco makes alot of money and that is something they are not willing to give up at this time.